The Areas of Focus are now being referred to as Causes on the RI website. The terminology has changed only as far as when speaking to the general public. For simplicity of conversation and greater clarification, RI would like us to use the term causes when speaking about the issues that Rotary focuses on with non-Rotarians. Our causes are: Promoting Peace; Fighting Disease; Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Saving Mothers and Children; Supporting Education; Growing Local Economies; and Protecting the Environment.
My Rotary - The Learning Centre Presentations  provide a great overview and key information about each topic.
Global Grants
Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships. 
For global grants there is no deadline for applications. They are accepted and processed anytime as long as the club and person submitting the application is certified to apply for  a global grant in the year in which the grant is being applied for.  Prior to going into, and starting the online Global Grant process, you must submit the Intent to Submit a Global Grant Form {downloads as a Word document} to the Global Grants Sub Committee Chair Kim Giffen at who will help you move forward. 
The Rotary Foundation changed the matching formula for global grants in 2020/21 to eliminate the match with club funds. For this year (2020/21) they match the funds the District contributes (District Designated funds) at 100%. This funding formula will be in effect until June 30th, 2021.
In 2021/22 this match is being reduced to 80% and a 2.5 % administration fee will be added so if you are planning to do a global grant you will maximize the funds available if you get the application in by May 31st, 2021 and have the grant forwarded to TRF by June 30th, 2021 to get the 100% match. 
Read A Guide to Global Grants for detailed information on planning your project, applying for a grant to fund it, carrying it out, and reporting on your progress and outcome.
For more info click HERE.

District Grants
District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants. T
District grants to a maximum of $3000 will be available for next year. The final date for 21/22 applications is June 30th, 2021. We have introduced a "mentor program" to help you with the applications. To be assigned a mentor, contact Steve Wallace, District Grants Sub Committee Chair at
For 2021/22 we will be returning to our normal practice of matching club funds 1:1 to a maximum grant of $3000. Initially we will do a first round of approvals to ensure we are "fair to all clubs". Once each club has been dealt with, if there is money left, we will do a second round and split the funds equally amongst the applicants. So, if you have 2 projects you would like to do, submit 2 application by June 30th but specify which is your priority for the first round. Don't hesitate to apply for two. We generally have enough funds and want to "spend it all". 
For more info click HERE.


  1. Grant Certification training is required in order to apply for a District or a Global Grant. As per RI policy one member from a club must be trained annually, but it is recommended to have more participants if possible. Additionally, the person who takes the training must be the person who writes the grant.
  2. Clubs are then required to have a Rotary Foundation Memorandum of Understanding in place for each Rotary Year. Please refer to the Club Qualification MOU Worksheet for additional information.
  3. Club Foundation Chair entered in ClubRunner (and/or via My Rotary).
  4. Club Foundation Goals entered in Rotary Club Central.
  5. Be in good standing with respect to previous grants and completed reports. 
The District Foundation Director and Committee Chairs are available to provide information, answer your questions, assist your club with completing grant applications, making presentations on The Rotary Foundation programs to your members, club executive and/or Foundation Committee; AND helping to provided you with project ideas.
Delegation allows some club and district leaders to share their level of Grant Centre access with other Rotary members, allowing them to view, edit, and authorize applications. This way, clubs and districts can customize the Grant Centre to meet their needs more efficiently. 
For more on grants, the guide How to Use the Grant Centre includes information about authorizing a global grant application, adding bank account information, and reporting on a global grant.
District Grant Certification
Global Grant Info
Intent to Submit a Global Grant Form {downloadable Word document}
Individual, Club and District giving to The Rotary Foundation can be viewed by signing into My Rotary. Click on Manage > Club & District Administration > Contributions and select the report you wish to view.
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